Healthcare Patient Privacy in the News

Anthem Agrees to $115 Million Settlement in Data Breach Litigation – Healthcare Informatics

June 26th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Patient Privacy in the News|

Indianapolis-based Anthem, the largest U.S. health insurance company, has agreed to a proposed settlement to resolve the multidistrict class action litigation relating to the 2015 cyber attack that compromised the personal information of 78.8 million people. The $115 million settlement, if approved by the Court, will be the largest data breach settlement in history, according [...]

Dozens of patients medical records found lying in Melbourne street – The Age

March 25th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Patient Privacy in the News|

A hospital is being investigated for breaching the privacy of dozens of patients after medical records revealing a "swollen penis" and mental illnesses among other things, were found in a Coburg street. The Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim is investigating how the records of 31 patients were removed from the John Fawkner Private Hospital [...]

Austin clinic warns data breach may have exposed medical records – Austin American-Statesman

March 24th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Patient Privacy in the News|

A clinic with locations throughout Central Texas is warning patients their records – including medical information – might have been obtained during a data breach. In a letter sent this week, Urology Austin says it was the victim of a ransomware attack on Jan. 22. “Within minutes, we were alerted to the attack, our computer [...]

Data breach may involve hundreds of UNC Health prenatal patients – WRAL.com

March 20th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Patient Privacy in the News|

Chapel Hill, N.C. — UNC Health Care said Monday it has begun notifying patients of a potential breach where personal data provided by prenatal patients at two obstetric clinics were mistakenly transmitted to local county health departments. The breach affects up to 1,300 patients who are believed to have completed Pregnancy Home Risk Screening Forms [...]

Report: 60 Percent of Healthcare Data Breaches in February Came From Within the Organizations – Healthcare Informatics

March 20th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Patient Privacy in the News|

In February, hacking incidents only accounted for 12 percent of total healthcare data breach incidents, yet insiders were responsible for almost 60 percent of the total breach incidents during the month, which points to a troubling trend, according to the latest Protenus “Breach Barometer” report. The Protenus Breach Barometer is a monthly snapshot of reported [...]

NSW hospital patients not told their medical records were found in public areas – ABC Online

March 20th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Patient Privacy in the News|

NSW hospital patients have had their confidential details compromised on multiple occasions, including medical records being found in a public carpark. Many of the most serious privacy breaches have been reported in the Central Coast Local Health District, which runs Gosford and Wyong hospitals. In 2015, a patient's emergency assessment paperwork was discovered on the [...]

CHEO employee breached privacy as nearly 300 patients info … – Ottawa Citizen

March 17th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Patient Privacy in the News|

File photo of CHEO Darren Brown / Postmedia A former part-time instructor at Algonquin College and CHEO employee shared the private information of 283 patients with students, prompting the end of their employment at the college and a privacy investigation at the hospital, the Citizen has learned. On March 10, Adam Vaughan received a concerning [...]

Student fined $25,000 in privacy breach – Northumberland News – Northumberland News

March 17th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Patient Privacy in the News|

TORONTO — An Ontario student has been fined $25,000 for accessing personal health information, which provincial officials say is the highest penalty of its kind ever in Canada. The Information and Privacy Commissioner's office says the masters of social work student was on an educational placement with a family health team in Central Huron when [...]

St. Charles: Caregiver accessed 2500 patient records without OK – KTVZ

March 16th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Patient Privacy in the News|

BEND, Ore. - (Update: Added comment from hospital spokeswoman) St. Charles Health System announced Thursday it has discovered that a caregiver has accessed nearly 2,500 patients’ electronic medical records without authorization. "The caregiver said in an interview that she looked at the files out of curiosity," the organization's announcement stated. St. Charles Director of Communications [...]

Cyber thieves steal unencrypted data from Denton Health Group hard drive – Healthcare Dive

March 15th, 2017|Categories: Healthcare Patient Privacy in the News|

Dive Brief: Sometime around Dec. 29, thieves stole an unencrypted hard drive with seven years of patient data from Denton Health Group, part of HealthTexas Provider Network, Healthcare IT News reports. The stolen hard drive contained backup electronic health records from 2009 to 2016, with scads of personal data, including names, Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses, [...]